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The Value of Virtual Learning: A Collection of Classroom Videos for Use in Remote Learning Environments

by Ann Carlyle, Math Solutions Author
January 29th, 2021

Math Solutions, upon learning of this newfound use of their videos from not only me but many other professors and teachers, collaborated to put together a collection of twenty of our favorite videos, available at no charge for use in virtual settings.

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The Value of Virtual Learning: Focusing on Number Sense: Ideas for Using a Number Line to Teach Math in Today’s Virtual Learning Environment

by Ann Carlyle, Math Solutions Author
December 14th, 2020

Welcome to the second of several “idea-generating” blogs created to support and ensure successful learning in an environment where school is partially or fully virtual. We know how challenging it can be to engage students in a virtual school environment, and yet how critical it is to do just that. In this post, Math Solutions’…

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What are students saying about their math learning? Ask them.

by Sue Chapman & Mary Mitchell, Math Solutions Authors
June 16th, 2020

Peek into a math classroom, virtual or physical. What are students doing and saying about their math learning? Are they engaged? Are they thinking critically – evaluating solutions assessing their understanding, revising their strategies, explaining concepts, and connecting mathematics to real life? Excerpt from Learning Forward, June 2020, Vol. 41, No 3 by Sue Chapman…

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Why We Celebrate Pi Day

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
March 11th, 2020

Also known as March 14th, Pi Day is when mathematicians and math lovers around the world celebrate pi, often approximated to 3.14, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The circle is often the first shape many learn in childhood, and can be observed in nature in pinecones, apples, oranges, the cornea…

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Encouraging Math Talk in the Preschool and Kindergarten Classroom

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
January 17th, 2020

Why is it that engaging preschool and kindergarten students in talking about their mathematical ideas is considered such an important key to fostering the development of early math skills? What is gained by devoting valuable time and effort into classroom discussions about math, and how can teachers set the stage for lively and meaningful math…

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The Challenges of Teaching Math to English Learners

by Rusty Bresser, Author, Math Solutions
October 18th, 2019

Many educators share the misconception that because it uses symbols, mathematics is not associated with any language or culture and is ideal for facilitating the transition of recent immigrant students into English instruction. To the contrary, language plays an important role in learning mathematics. Teachers use language to explain mathematical concepts and carry out math procedures.…

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Join Us for our #InspireMathCulture Twitter Chat on the Power of Math Stories

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 28th, 2019

Do you want to inspire a culture of mathematics in your classroom and school? Join @Math_Solutions for our first #InspireMathCulture Twitter chat of 2019 Tuesday, January 29th at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.   Nikki La Londe, Director of Professional Learning, and Nicole Bridge, Professional Learning Consultant, will co-lead a discussion on how our personal math stories affect…

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Teaching Adding Decimals: What If You Give the Answer First?

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, January 18th, 2019

I struggle with how to teach topics that revert to learning procedures, too often without understanding. Take adding decimals. This is typically part of grade 5 math instruction. But every time I’ve given students the reminder to line up the decimal points and then add, I’m reminded of the fraction counterpart: Yours is not to…

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3 Ways to Engage Pre-K Students in Counting

by Treve Brinkman, Director of Professional Learning
December 12th, 2018

The task of counting may seem simple, but as Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado point out in Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math, (Math Solutions, 2012), there is an important distinction between the rote or automatic counting that young children start with, and the eventual formulation of a deeper cognitive connection to the meaning of the…

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Coaching: The Answer to the Implementation Dip

by Dr. Sue Chapman, Author, Math Solutions
December 07th, 2018

Educators know what a good mathematics classroom looks like (see the Math Solutions Instructional Practices Inventory) and we want to provide this type of learning environment for every one of our students. Unfortunately, implementation of research-based instructional practices across all mathematics classrooms has proven challenging. This is due, in part, to a phenomenon known as…

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